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The study of history is an important path to informed and effective citizenship. Its emphasis on broad knowledge, critical reading, careful judgment and precise writing offers excellent pre-professional preparation for a wide range of careers in business, public service, the law, teaching, the military, the ministry, journalism, and library and museum employment.

The Department of History faculty guide students toward professional careers and provide opportunities to support academic preparation with field experience in the community. Oakland University's teacher preparation program offers a history concentration in the secondary teaching major and draws on history in the social studies concentration of the elementary teaching major.

Careers in college teaching and other forms of professional historical scholarship require post-graduate training. The History Department's Master of Arts program may serve either as a terminal degree or as a bridge to more advanced study. Like the undergraduate program, it is designed to accommodate both full- and part-time students. In addition to a full daytime schedule, late afternoon and evening courses are available.